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 This day in History - February 16
420 Historic Events for February 16
1852

Charles Taze Russell, religion founder (Jehovah's Witnesses)

Birth
1854

Franz Liszts symphony "Orpheus," premieres

Event
1854

Oscar Fetras, composer

Birth
1856

Willem Kes, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor (Parkorkest Amsterdam)

Birth
1857

Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic explorer (Kane Basin), dies at 37

Death
1857

Gallaudet College (Natl Deaf Mute college) forms (Wash DC)

Event
1857

Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, dies at 77

Death
1858

Georg F Creuzer, German philological/historian, dies at 86

Death
1858

Laurence "Lon" Myers, US, track star (top US miler)

Birth
1860

Dutch Rochussen/Van Bosse govt resigns

Event
1862

Ft Donelson captured by Gen Grant (1,400 confederates surrender)

Event
1864

Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer, dies at 58

Death
1864

Battle of Mobile, AL - operations by Union Army

Event
1866

Johann Strauss, Austria, composer (Waltz King)

Birth
1866

Vyacheslav I Ivanov, Russian philosopher/classical/poet [NS=Feb 28]

Birth
1866

William "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, NJ, hall of fame baseball player

Birth
1868

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks forms (NY)

Event
1868

Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist/linguist (Anthropos)

Birth
1876

George Macauley Trevelyan, England, historian (Giuseppi Garibaldi)

Birth
1878

Silver dollar became US legal tender

Event
1878

Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer/conductor (Peter Schlemihl)

Birth
1880

American Society of Mechanical Engineers forms (NYC)

Event
1881

Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Youth of a Poet)

Birth
1883

"Ladies Home Journal" begins publishing

Event
1884

Robert Flaherty, Mich, father of documentary film (Nanook of North)

Birth